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The Most Expensive Buildings in the U.S.

Ask the average American which city contains nearly half of America’s most expensive buildings and what would they say? New York, perhaps? Or maybe Los Angeles? Chicago, for those who know of the Windy City’s rich architectural history? But alas, none of those answers would be correct. According to a new survey by Emporis (a data website that collects information about buildings around the world), Las Vegas houses nine out of the 20 most expensive buildings in the country. While big-name architects and location both play a part in the final cost, oftentimes it’s the infrastructure that makes a million-dollar design turn into a multimillion-dollar project.

Millennium Tower

Building: Millennium Tower
Location: Boston, MA
Cost: $620 million
Year: 2016
Architect: Handel Architects

The Mirage

Building: The Mirage
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $650 million
Year: 1989
Architect: Joel Bergman

Palms Place

Building: Palms Place
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $650 million
Year: 2008
Architect: KGA Architecture

Belfer Research Building

Building: Belfer Research Building
Location: New York, NY
Cost: $650 million
Year: 2014
Architects: Todd Schliemann, Ennead Architects

Rush Hospital, East Tower

Building: The Rush Hospital, East Tower
Location: Chicago, IL
Cost: $654 million
Year: 2012
Architect: Perkins & Will

7 World Trade Center

Building: 7 World Trade Center
Location: New York, NY
Cost: $700 million
Year: 2006
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Building: Elara
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $750 million
Year: 2009
Architect: Gerald Koi

Devon Energy Center

Building: Devon Energy Center
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cost: $750 million
Year: 2012
Architect: Jon Pickard

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